Friday, February 6, 2009

2009 Plan

So I've laid out my goals and my A races, now it is time to figure out how to get there.

For the last 5 years I have been entirely self-coached. I've read a bunch of books and followed portions of some training plans, but I have never followed a training plan as it was written or had a coach.

I thought long and hard last year about hiring a coach, but at the end of the day I couldn't do it. I like learning and planning my training, but I really want to have a break through season, so I think I found a solution that will work for me.

Endurance Nation is an online triathlon team lead by two coaches. Last year at IMWI I met Rich and Patrick and a few athletes and I thought it might be a good fit for me. What appeals to me most is that the focus is education and having a team. I did buy a training plan from them and it is the first time I have every followed a plan, but I really like being able to talk with others in the forums and learn from each other. I'm going to try and follow the plan as close as possible, but I don't think it will last long before I start making adjustments.

Anyway, I have divided my year up into a few portions:

  • Out Season -- Nov through Feb

  • Half Ironman Prep -- Mar through May

  • Ironman Prep -- Jun through Aug

For each of these three periods I am going to follow a gradual build up of intesity and/or volume, and then take a week or two off after each to recover and recharge before starting the next.

During the Out Season and Half Ironman Prep, I will be doing other races allong the way to test my progress, but this year I am not racing at all during the Ironman Prep this year. Instead I am going to speed the full 12 weeks prior to IMWI focusing on excuting my training and recovering.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Bike Build

Well, I have never been good with patience, so my plan to build up the new race bike over a few months has happened quickly. Here are some pictures of the current build up. I'm probably going to swap a few components out still and I still have a few things to add (like a front brake).

I have messed with the fit for about a week now and it is getting pretty close but not quite right yet. I think I just need some decent weather so I can get outside and try it out on something besides the computrainer.